The ongoing tensions between “The View” co-hosts Meghan McCain and Joy Behar finally erupted into a fiery exchange on the air.
Whoopi Goldberg’s attempt to cool the fire only served as gasoline when McCain told Behar, “Don’t feel bad for me, bitch,” as they clashed during a discussion about President Trump’s campaign rally on “The View” Wednesday.
The discussion began to heat up as the women discussed the crowd size at the president’s reelection launch event in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday.
“There were people lining up 40 hours before the event,” McCain said as Behar interrupted to claim people were “bussed in.”
“It’s not fake news,” McCain shot back.
“Don’t belittle the enthusiasm,” she said, noting why Trump’s supporters love him so much.
“It’s not just they love Trump so much,” McCain said. “They hate the same things Trump hates, that’s what’s going on.”
“Who? Black people, you mean, and immigrants?” Behar interrupted, setting McCain off as she became exasperated by the interruptions while she was trying to explain the “enthusiasm” for Trump,
“You know what, Joy, I come here every day open-minded just trying to explain it, and it’s not a fun job for me,” she said. “I know you’re angry. I get that you’re angry that Trump’s president, like a lot of people are. But I don’t think yelling at me is going to fix the problem, okay?”
“Am I yelling?” Behar asked.
“Yes!” McCain yelled in response from across the table. “I’m trying to explain why 2020 is not in the bag for you! It’s not!”
“Okay, okay, okay,” Goldberg interjected. “It’s a great discussion, and we can go back to it. I just need everybody to take a beat.”
But McCain was too heated to quit.
“Being the sacrificial Republican every day — I’m just trying to –” she began as Behar gave a sarcastic groan. “Don’t feel bad for me, bitch! I’m paid to do this, okay? Don’t feel bad for me!”
But after a commercial break, it appeared the outburst was not as damaging as it first appeared.
“I love the word bitch,” McCain declared, referring to her earlier remark.
“Joy and I call each other bitch all the time,” she said, adding that she would have refrained from saying it if she knew her co-host would have been upset.
“I just want everyone to stop being so precious about our relationship. It’s almost 2020, and women can debate on TV in a spirited way without it being personal,” McCain announced. “I know this is a big shock: we get along backstage!”
“We’re both pugilistic, and so we’re fine. I’m very straight in what I believe, and so is she, so we’re going to fight,” Behar agreed. “I don’t care if you call me a bitch.”